I forge by hand because it's all I have atm
Forging down 1" round for integrals isnt easy but I absolutely love it
That Japanese Smith might have one of those heritage craft certs or whatever they call them in Japan,where they only use traditional materials and tools,or he could be a mad ba£+@&d...
I'm the dude,or you can call me his dudeness,or duder or el duderino,if brevity isn't your thing:-)
They are a PITA to make,much moreso than a hidden tang,keeping tang and blade in line
But I love how they feel in hand when using
For sale is this full tang integral gyuto with red micarta liners and thuya burr handle hand forged from 1" round bar of silver steel BS1407 similar to spicy white 26c3
Overall length 360mm 14 1/2"
Blade length 235mm 9 1/4"
Blade height 48.5mm
Thickness above heel 2.3mm